Learn to Lift

The barbell squat, bench press, deadlift, and overhead press are the foundations of general strength training, no matter your age, ability, or experience.

Every person can become stronger through barbell training.

We are here to teach you how!

Get stronger in a fun, supportive environment

Our introductory package is a perfect way to start training for the first time, refine your technique if you’ve never been coached before, or return to lifting after some time off. 

The two sessions in our Learn to Lift package cover the four main lifts in a strength training program, gym orientation, basic programming concepts, and nutrition if desired.

 

A strong foundation

If you wish to join one of our group classes, the Learn to Lift sessions will prepare you to train in a group setting. If you wish to train elsewhere or on your own, the sessions will focus on what you need for successful independent lifting.

For people who are familiar with the barbell lifts, the sessions will focus on your goals and prior experience, technique adjustments, and more advanced programming. 

The goal of the Learn to Lift sessions is to get to know you, and prioritize one-on-one time before you join a group class or lift on your own. 

Learn to Lift

You will learn to squat, press, bench press, and deadlift over the course of two private 90 minute training sessions for $249. We will also construct a training program to fit your goals and needs.

Use the contact form below to tell us about yourself, your goals, and what times you are available. We’ll be in touch within one business day.

We are currently open both at our outdoor location in El Cerrito, located at 6501 Fairmount Ave near El Cerrito BART, and indoors in Berkeley at 1440 University Ave.

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

I came to Katherine as a brand new lifter looking to improve my overall fitness in preparation for a 2,500 mile off-road motorcycle race.

She’s super encouraging, and truly excited about lifting! I really appreciate her ability to demystify entire strength training experience–from how the mechanics of individual lifts work to gym culture.

I’m amazed at how I’ve not only gotten significantly stronger in the few months I’ve been working with her, but my stamina has improved dramatically as well. I am so thrilled to have her in my corner!

Risa

Gwyn is an awesome coach: kind and supportive, but also rigorous about correct form. She is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and has a plan in mind for both coaching sessions and the ones on my own. I look forward to going to the gym – and cannot believe I’m saying that!

I wish I had known about weight-lifting years ago. I never thought it applied to someone like me. So wrong. Just doing things around the house is easier. Lifting airplane luggage into the overhead compartment – magically lighter. General body wellbeing better. Thanks, Gwyn!

Helen

I drove just shy of 100 miles to meet Jeremy for a personal training session. It was well worth the time and money. He was able to notice and correct my form flaws, and provide correction in a way that helped immediately.

Jeremy is very professional, he knows his craft and is capable of teaching in a way that even I could grasp. He is personable, sincere and really wants to make you better. He never once made me feel rushed for time, he wanted me to leave with the confidence that I knew the lifts properly.

Brendan